38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Minamioguni-machi
— 2 nights
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Yufu
— 1 night
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Usuki
— 1 night
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Nobeoka
— Few hours
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Miyazaki
— 3 nights
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Kirishima
— 2 nights
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Ibusuki
— 1 night
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
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Amakusa
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Yoshinogari-cho
— 2 nights
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Hirado
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Goto
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Kokura Castle and then make a trip to Kokura Station Building.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu travel app.

Tokyo to Kitakyushu is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. May in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), you're off to Beppu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Water Body
Kanmon Kaikyo
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Neighborhood
Mojiko Retro
3.9

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usamiya Dairakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usajingu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Oniyama Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kitakyushu to Beppu in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Beppu are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip
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Hot Spring
Hells of Beppu
3.4
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Hot Spring
Umi Jigoku
4.0
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Historic Site
Usajingu Shrine
4.6

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Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, stroll around Tateiwa Suigen Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurokawa Jizoson, and finally take some stellar pictures from Senomoto Kogen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Daikanbo, don't miss a visit to Aso Station, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, then make a trip to Kusasenrigahama, and finally admire the sheer force of Meotodaki Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Minamioguni-machi holiday planner.

Take a bus from Beppu to Minamioguni-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Beppu in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Minamioguni-machi, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Yufu.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
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Lookout
Daikanbo
4.6
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Waterfall
Nabegataki Falls
4.5
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Scenic Drive
Kusasenrigahama
4.2

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Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, wander the streets of Yunotsubo Kaido, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yufu trip planner.

You can take a bus from Minamioguni-machi to Yufu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Minamioguni-machi in May, you will find days in Yufu are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Usuki.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Baths · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Lake Kinrin
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Historic Walking Area
Yufuin Area
3.2

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Usuki

Usuki
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Usuki Castle Ruin, then contemplate the long history of Usuki Samurai House Streets, then get to know the fascinating history of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, and finally steep yourself in history at Usuki Town Streets.

To find out how to plan a trip to Usuki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Yufu to Usuki in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You will leave for Takachiho-cho on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Usuki

Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho journey planner.

You can take a train from Usuki to Takachiho-cho in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Usuki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 59°F. You will leave for Nobeoka on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Walking Area
Amano Yasugawara
4.6
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Religious Site
Takachiho Shrine
4.4

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Nobeoka

Nobeoka ©
Nobeoka is a city located in the north of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.As of the March 1, 2017 the city has an estimated population of 123,406 and a population density of 147.68 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nobeoka online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Takachiho-cho to Nobeoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nobeoka

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Horikiri Pass, then don't miss a visit to Sunmesse Nichinan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki route builder tool.

Getting from Nobeoka to Miyazaki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kirishima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Udo Shrine
4.6
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Island
Aoshima Island
4.1
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Religious Site
Aoshima Shrine
4.1

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Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
On the 17th (Mon), test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Maruo Falls, take in panoramic vistas at Kirishima Shrine Viewing Point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kagoshima Jingu Shrine. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sora Stage, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Airport (KOJ), then don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station, and finally stroll around Saigo Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kirishima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Miyazaki to Kirishima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Miyazaki in May, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Kirishima. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kirishima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
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Waterfall
Maruo Falls
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Religious Site
Kirishima Shrine
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Landmark
Kareigawa Station
4.4

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Ibusuki

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, then cruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ibusuki road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kirishima to Ibusuki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kirishima in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ibusuki, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 65°F. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Baths · Spas · Nature · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
4.3

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): go for a walk through Ishin Furusato no Michi Promenade, get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan Museum, then appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, then don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima itinerary maker.

Take a train from Ibusuki to Kagoshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Ibusuki in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Kagoshima, with lows around 58°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your trip
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Volcano
Sakurajima
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Observation Deck
Shiroyama Observatory
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Landmark
Tenmonkan
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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho itinerary maker.

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip
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National Park
Yakusugi Land
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
3.6

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Mt. Shiroyama.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima day trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kagoshima, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Mt. Shiroyama
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Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by Amakusa Takahamayaki Juhogama, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Tenshudo Church, and then contemplate the long history of Myotoku-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sakitsu Museum Minatoya, pause for some serene contemplation at Sakitsu Catholic Church, then find something for the whole family at Dolphin Marine World, and finally take in the views from Amakusa Gokyo Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amakusa day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Amakusa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Amakusa can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amakusa to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will leave for Yoshinogari-cho on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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Yoshinogari-cho

Yoshinogari-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kunenan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niiyama Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Kiyomizu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wani Shrine, stroll around Yoshinogari Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shugakuin Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Daikozenji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Road Station Yoshinogari "village of sasanqua".

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Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Yoshinogari-cho takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kumamoto in May: highs in Yoshinogari-cho hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 68°F. You will leave for Hirado on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Yoshinogari-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Yoshinogari Historical Park
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Religious Site
Niiyama Shrine
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Religious Site
Shugakuin Temple
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Hirado

Hirado ©
Hirado, historically known as Firando is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hirado Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Temple and the Church Scenery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Matsuura Historical Museum, take an in-depth tour of Remains of Dutch Trading House, steep yourself in history at Netherlands Fence, then let the kids burn off some steam at Tabira Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Tabira Church, and finally take in the views from Hirado Ohashi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirado holiday builder tool.

You can take a train from Yoshinogari-cho to Hirado in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yoshinogari-cho in May, Hirado is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. You will leave for Nagasaki on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Hirado

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Catholic Tabira Church
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Bridge
Hirado Ohashi
4.0

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannondo. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki route planner.

You can take a train from Hirado to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for Goto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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Church
Ōura Church
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Specialty Museum
Dejima
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Goto

Goto ©
Goto is known for historic sites, nature, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Onidake Volcanic Mountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mizunoura Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusuhara Church.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goto driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Nagasaki to Goto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Goto: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Goto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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Religious Site
Dozaki Cathedral
4.3

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Goto to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Goto in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Nagasaki, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Tenkai Inari Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Ohori Park, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Walking Area
Ohori Park
4.3
Religious Site
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
4.3